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NPR Chief Resigns In Light Of Sexual Assault Allegations

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter

The news chief of NPR announced his resignation from his role Wednesday in light of two women coming forward to accuse him of sexual harassment.

NPR News Chief Michael Oreskes made the decision after being put on leave by the company Tuesday over sexual harassment allegations, the Associated Press reported.

Two women came forward anonymously to say Oreskes tried to forcibly kiss them and stick his tongue down their throats while he was working at The New York Times as its Washington Bureau chief. Shortly after the announcement, NPR, his current employer, placed him on leave.

“We take these kinds of allegations very seriously. If a concern is raised, we review the matter promptly and take appropriate steps as warranted to assure a safe, comfortable and productive work environment. As a matter of policy, we do not comment about personnel matters,” NPR said in a previous statement.

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